Elena Pulcini

The Ecological Challenge: a Paradigm Shift?

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Keywords: Anthropocene, Ecological Crisis, Critique of Anthropocentrism, Experience of Vulnerability, Generative Metamorphosis.

If it is true that the ecological crisis is the product of the Anthropocene, as a new era in which human action becomes the priority factor that conditions nature and life on Earth, it is also true that the concept of Anthropocene has limits and ambiguities in that it fails to account for the causes and responsibilities. The origin of the ecological challenge is more remote and lies in the anthropocentrism that has celebrated the sovereignty of man over the non-human world, generating that «escape from the Earth» (Arendt, Latour) which paradoxically ended up making us masters and victims, exposed to the possibility of self-destruction. A new paradigm is therefore urgently required on which to base, through the experience of vulnerability, a different form of life capable of safeguarding, together with the living world and the biosphere, a future worth living.

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